Organics for less

<p>Is your wallet looking a little thin these days and your palate demands costly organic food? Perhaps cash is tight, but health and taste can remain the priority. So, how can we enjoy the best without going broke?</p>

 



 

 

An organic diet doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

 




Is your wallet looking a little thin these days and your palate demands costly organic food?





Perhaps cash is tight, but health and taste can remain the priority. So, how can we enjoy the best without going broke? One option is choosing a vegetarian lifestyle —meat products consume a high percentage of the nonvegetarian budget.





Here are three more ideas:





1. GO LOCAL: Farmers’ markets showcase organic farmers and bakers. Because you are dealing with the growers directly, you can find out when produce was picked and the methods used for growing. Organic co-operatives are available in some communities. These stores are run by members who receive a discount for their membership and volunteer time.





2. FROM THE GROUND UP: Gardens are a wonderful way to cut your food costs while feeling the satisfaction of growing something delicious yourself. If you are not an experienced gardener, you can find numerous helpful resources online or at your library or bookstore. If you want to garden indoors, try starting with herbs —they add fresh flavour to any meal.





3. DO IT YOURSELF: Instead of buying precut vegetables, chop them yourself. Buy extra organic fruits and vegetables when they’re in season, then cut and freeze them for later. Rather than buying packets of flavoured oatmeal, buy the organic grain in quantity and add fresh or dried organic fruits, nuts, or maple syrup. You can also make organic snacks to have handy instead of buying expensive, ready-made ones.





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